Morning Edition: On Tuesday, April 24 Michael Klare discusses - in the starkest of terms - whether the efforts and cash being expended to find the last reserves of oil, natural gas and minerals wouldn't better be spent trying to change our way of life before we totally use up all of the natural resources the planet Earth has left. Is there a better way?
National Education Association Vice-president Lilly Eskelsen urges parents to take their kids to see the documentary "The Bully", now open in theaters. Then, after you've seen it, open a dialogue about bullying and the damage it does. Eskelsen also talks about the information and online petition available at the website where you can learn how to talk about bullying and how to take action to end it.
The President of the National Education Association, Dr. Dennis Van Roekling, talks about how easy it would be to solve the tax issue if legislators would just close corporate tax loopholes that allow many large corporations to avoid paying any taxes at all. He then talks about how just a few loopholes account for $3 Trillion in uncollected taxes which could be used for education, health care, job creation and to pay down debt.
The YMCA of Western North Carolina will host Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 14th. Morgan Neely and Virginia Maziarka of the Asheville YMCA will talk about this national day of fun for kids and parents to focus on healthy activities and healthier habits to make being healthy a natural part of everyday life for everyone. For details go to www.ymcawnc.org.
On the week following Easter Sunday, P Allen Smith - gardening, landscaping and backyard chicken expert, as well as TODAY SHOW contributor - will discuss the reemergence of keeping a small flock of chickens in the backyard. Whether you live in the country, a small town, or a large urban area, it is possible to raise chickens for your own use. Smith will talk about the positive effects of keeping your own chickens and how to get started.
For those who love a good mystery/crime novel, Harlan Coban serves up some of the best. His latest, "Stay Close", will make you want to keep the book close to you until you get to the end of the story. It is a tale full of real characters, with real faults and real baggage, and no superhuman ability to overcome the mistakes they have made. But the three main characters in this story are connected by something that happened 17 years ago, and has come back to haunt them.
'The Hunt For KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind' is a real-life thriller about Khalid Sheihk Mohammad, the FBI, the CIA, and the many others involved secretly and openly in the search for KSM. It reads like the script for an action movie, combining the edge-of-your-seat twists and turns of the Bourne series and '24' combined - and then taken up a notch. But this is real.